A brick building can last for generations. Unfortunately, brick buildings can deteriorate over time due to crumbling and failing mortar. Weather and age causes brick and mortar in buildings to become flaky and it can crumble or crack along the joints. When the mortar is compromised, the entire structure is exposed to risk. Mortar restoration, also known as “repointing,” puts strength back into your brick or stone masonry, adding to the lifespan of your building’s exterior. With a professional mortar restoration, the exterior of the building should last at least another 50 to 70 years and the property benefits both structurally and aesthetically.
Hiring a Contractor
Mortar restoration is a simple process, but it can be time consuming and labor intensive. For this reason most companies will call in a qualified, professional mason. They will be able to give you detailed information and a price quote to complete the job.
Before hiring a contractor, look at other jobs they have done and ask for recent photos of completed projects. Don’t take chances with mortar restoration. Take the time to ensure your mason is properly qualified, licensed and insured to do the job correctly. Be aware that a contractor will need to use some sort of scaffolding to perform this work and the more scaffolding they need, the higher the price. Some contractors are not aware of the new WallWalker Hanging Scaffold. Most contractors will bid the project using brick masons scaffold or an expensive rigging scaffold. If the contractor is aware of the WallWalker Hanging Scaffold system and uses it, your bid could be half the cost of other contractors.
Using Wall Walker for Mortar Restoration
The WallWalker Hanging Scaffold makes it easier for any contractor to do mortar restoration. Reaching above doorways or around windows by shimming up and down a ladder is dangerous and exhausting. Other scaffold systems are more costly. The simplicity of the WallWalker makes it easy to walk around the job site safely and easily.
This lightweight aluminum hanging scaffolding is easy to store, transport, and use for large or small projects like mortar restoration. Simply hang the WallWalker scaffolding over the parapet wall or out a window. The WallWalker can hang over a wall up to 20 inches thick. Place a plank on the two hanging WallWalker brackets and use the plank brackets to secure the planks, insert the safety rails, and you’re ready to get the job done.